Gautrain expansion: DA calls for independent transport input

Neil Campbell MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport

The DA notes the appointment of SMEC Holdings, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Deloitte to carry out a feasibility study for the expansion of the Gautrain as conceptualised in the 25 year integrated transport master plan for Gauteng.

These respected institutions have been employed with a specific mandate to establish whether the Gautrain can be expanded according to the master plan, and associated cost projections.

At present the Gautrain carries only 3% of Gauteng commuters and several other options may better suit commuters and their purses. For instance, the proposed Mamelodi to Soweto link may be better managed by PRASA – and on the other links busses may be better suited.

The DA believes that transport MEC Ismael Vadi should expand the study’s brief to include the most cost-effective ways to extend public transport in Gauteng, and to include input from independent transport experts.

A feasibility study should look at all possible options, not just one which aims to price itself above PRASA in the marketplace.